Help picking out a Graphics card.

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Oct 21, 2010
  1. ball2012003

    ball2012003 Newbie

    So I just got a new computer HP Pavilion p6510f and the system specs are:
    amd athlon II 630 Quad Core processor @2.8GHz
    4GB DDR3 ram
    750GB hard drive
    Integrated Ati Radeon HD 4200
    680W
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    So my question is can you guys help me choose a new video card that will play games like Crysis (and future games to come) at least on medium settings at this resolution. My spending limit is $150 so nothing huge like the ati radeon hd 5870(even though I would love to have that one). So any help will be greatly appreciated.
    P.S. I'm an ati fanboy but if it's a nvidia that's perfectly fine.
     
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  3. ball2012003

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    What is the difference between DX11 and DX10?
     
  4. Bulit

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    Directx 11 supports higher tessellation, has higher quality shadows, and basically just looks better.

    And for $20 more you can get a gtx 465 which is way better than a 5770.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814127504
     
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    I would suggest a gtx460 instead of a 465. Benches say it is better but you can do that research [​IMG]
    The gtx460 768mb version is a cheaper than that 465 and the 1 gig version is a little higher, but they say the difference is pretty noticeable.
    Supposaly the 460s scale very well, but that's if your into SLI and junk.
    if not the 5830 and the 5770 are not bad cards to that. They are up to that tier too.
     
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    I would suggest the 460/5(try and SLI them if you got the cash) or a 470
     
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    I've heard that the GTX 460 overclocks fairly well too.
     
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    wait for the radeon hd 6770 or maybe 6450.
    they will do much better
     
  9. ball2012003

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    Are those within the price range I said because I said $150 or less because i also need to buy the monitor which I suspect will be about $120.
     
  10. ball2012003

    ball2012003 Newbie

    I'm stumped between these two
    Asus Eah Radeon HD 4870
    or
    His Radeon HD 5770
    So can you guys tell me which one is better overall. Also which one would be cooler cause I don't know if my computer will be able to handle all the heat. Thanks guys.
    Also my specs are:
    Windows 7 64 bit
    Amd Athlon II X4 630 @2.8GHz
    4GB DDR3 ram
    Integrated Ati radeon hd 4200
    680W Power Supply Unit
    Or just search this hp pavilion P6510F
     
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    5770, but that's my opinion. [​IMG]
     
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    No, somethings a miss here, either your buying one of your cheating friend.

    The guy above is right, for example GTX 460 1 gig ram is faster and for 119$ USD
    These cards youve listed are actually going to cause more harm than good.

    Why?

    You have a good processor , its 2.8 gig set right now. So you would want a 460 GFX

    GPU Engine Specs:
    CUDA Cores 336
    Graphics Clock (MHz) 675 MHz
    Processor Clock (MHz) 1350 MHz
    Texture Fill Rate (billion/sec) 37.8

    Memory Specs:
    Graphics card version GTX 460 1GB GDDR5 GTX 460 768MB GDDR5
    Memory Clock 1800 1800
    Standard Memory Config 1 GB GDDR5 768MB GDDR5
    Memory Interface Width 256-bit 192-bit
    Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec) 115.2 86.4


    Either or.

    Why ?

    Because at 2.8 gigz, your going to hit a smooth run with that video card. As with the other readons its kinda of a joke, because you have already the CPU either overclocked or a good CPU system. A lot of people cannot buy the GTX 460 or ATI alike card 6830 /5830 because they have a 2.0, 2.2 system running. Take advantage of your status in 2.8 gig. Youll find the GTX 460 is cheaper than the two cards you listed above.

    And check me out, I can be found on yahoo answers

    rhos_2k@yahoo.com
     
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    @poster above me: Why doesn't he get a quad SLI setup (is octo something people are already using?)? I mean that performs much better then any cards listed.

    Granted his CPU is good but he has a budget. Period. Unless you can gain tremendous gains with little money it is a good idea to wait a bit, however with a 33% price increase (200USD over 150) it's absurd to compare cards like that. Now if you can get the 460 for a 120 usd, feel free to send me one [​IMG].

    You *can* get the 5770 from about 140:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814125309
    And the fermi 460 from around (lower performance then the 1gig model mentioned earlier) 160:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814187116
    At which point I believe the 460 scales roughly linear in price / performance (15% more expensive 15% better performance).

    In the end, I would personally consider the 460 but I haven't seen any real reviews or w/e about it and lack personal experience with the fermi arch. My 5770 is a card I really like though, drawing little power, being quiet (oveclocks okay, roughly 13% though I hardly use an OC) while delivering great performance. I have however bought it for 150 roughly around launch [​IMG].

    Although I'm not sure how great tom's hardware's list is currently, try comparing these two links to your budget. Go check out things a bit above and a bit below too and consider what you want.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList....mp;PageSize=100
    http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2010-ga...x1200,2489.html
     
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    The 4870 (a high-end card which I've had for such a long time now) is slightly more powerful than the 5770 (a mid-ranged card from the last generation), but the 5770 supports DX11. In my opinion, between the two, the 5770 is the better option. Also, 4870s are no longer in production.

    Then you get 2 strong competitors for the 5770 - the GTX 460 (as stated before), which outperforms the 5770 but is a bit more expensive, and the new HD 6850, which is a midranged card from AMD's new line of graphics cards just coming out, which outperforms the 460 by a fair amount whilst only being slightly more expensive.

    Too many "which"es but meh.

    Prices from Scan.co.uk (in GBP but you can just multiply it by 1.6 to get USD), just to get an idea:

    1GB ASUS HD 5770: £107.59
    1GB ASUS HD 6850: £146.50 (currently only for Pre-Order)
    768MB Palit GTX 460: £116.87
    1GB Palit GTX 460: £140.37

    Also, it's fair to say performance scales with price. With some exceptions, the more you pay for something, the more performance you get out of it. On the other hand, there's also a matter of drivers (nVidia famously release better drivers than AMD, although AMD have stepped up their game over the last year or so) and a matter of programming (some games are designed to work better on nVidia cards or AMD cards - look for the "nVidia, the way it's meant to be played" slogan on games).
     
  16. ball2012003

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    I think I've decided to go with the 5770. Also do used cards still work properly?
    Also whats the difference between the xfx and the sapphire?
     
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    The thermal compound might be a little messed up but it can easily be replaced:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16835100007

    Other than heat/noise issues, you should be okay. [​IMG]
     
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    XFX and Sapphire are both third party developers for AMD graphics cards. They each take the base design of the HD5770 then tweak it in their own way. Some XFX cards are slightly overclocked to 875Mhz (with their XXX edition card) with a noisier fan to compensate, whilst Sapphire cards are usually the base 850Mhz but with their own redesign of the phase regulators, RAM and cooling to make it run cooler and quieter than the base design. This doesn't mean XFX don't try the same, since both have a range of 5770 designs on the market.

    Also Sapphire cards tend to be more expensive. EDIT: Here's a link to Scan.co.uk so you can see the different designs currently available to the British market. Note that XFX and Sapphire do half of them.

    Used cards, provided that they haven't been mistreated in their previous system, should work just fine. They tend to be slightly more worn, and run a little hotter than brand new cards, but replacing the thermal paste and cleaning out all the dust should fix that no problem. Just beware that I don't think the warranty covers second hand graphics cards - but that you can check for yourself.
     

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